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  Dictionary Definition of egg

egg [1]
noun
1. the roundish reproductive body produced by the female of animals, consisting of the female reproductive cell and its envelopes. The envelopes may be albumen jelly, membranes, egg case, or shell, according to species.
2. the body of this sort produced by birds, especially the domestic hen.
3. the contents of an egg, especially that of a domestic hen, used for food.
4. anything resembling a hen's egg.
5. Also, egg cell. the ovum or female reproductive cell.
-- verb (t)
6. to prepare (food) by dipping in beaten egg.
-- phrase
7. bad egg, a person of reprehensible character.
8. have egg on one's face, Colloquial to be exposed in an embarrassing situation.
9. in the egg, in the planning stages.
10. put all one's eggs in one basket, to devote all one's resources to or risk all one's possessions, etc., on a single undertaking.
11. tread on eggs, to be very cautious.
[Scand. (cf. Icel. egg ); replacing ME ey, OE g, c. G Ei. Cf. L ovum, Greek oin ]